It's not good to face Marketa Vondrousova at the Tokyo Games.
After eliminating huge local star Naomi Osaka, the Czech took on Paula Badosa in the women's tennis quarterfinals.
The Spaniard couldn't even finish her match due to the heat.
An impressive abandonment since the world number 29 had to leave the court in a wheelchair, accompanied by the doctor, several organizers, and her opponent of the day.
A striking but above all disturbing new image of these Olympic Games.
🇪🇸 🎾 🥵 Big heat for Paula Badosa during her quarter-final against Marketa Vondrousova after a lost first round (6-3)
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The recent Roland Garros quarter-finalist led 3-1 in the first set.
As the set progressed, her game fell apart and the Spaniard ended up conceding five consecutive games and losing the first set (3-6).
At the change of ends, it was too much for Badosa who had to leave the court.
Unable to move, the 23-year-old had to go out in a wheelchair, her head bowed under her towel.
Difficult climatic conditions
This is not the first time that the heat has wreaked havoc in tennis events.
Under almost 40 degrees and high humidity, athletes play in very complicated climatic conditions.
World number 2 Daniil Medvedev was also in great pain, slowly staggering against Fabio Fognini at the end of the second set.
🇷🇺 🗣️ 𝑆𝑖 𝑗𝑒 𝑚𝑒𝑢𝑟𝑠, 𝑞𝑢𝑖 𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑎 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑝𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑒?
Like many other players on the circuit since the start of the Olympic tournament, @DaniilMedwed complains about the heat in Tokyo 🥵
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From his chair, the Russian replied ironically to the referee's question about his state of health: “I can finish the match, but I can die. If I die, who will take responsibility for it? »A sentence pronounced with a slight smile but which testifies to the annoyance of the players.